There is nothing like travelling to Ladakh in winters, snow-capped mountains, frozen rivers and frosty weather makes a journey of a lifetime.
If you are planning a trip to Ladakh then October is the month, when you can experience the true essence of nature and mesmerize the beauty, which you will get nowhere else.
During September winters start to settle in and by October first-week winter's magic spreads its spell throughout, that’s when you experience mind-numbing cold, which is nothing more than spiritual.
Moreover, these days Ladakh has become one of the favorite winter destinations for adventure seekers and nature admirers, ious biking expeditions and treks also starts during this time.
So pack your woolens and earmuffs, and you are good to go for your trip.
Here is more on why you should visit Ladakh in October
There will be no crowd during October month as tourist season gets over and you get the chance to cherish each and every sight all by yourself.
This is just the time for you to enjoy steer clear views without any rush and noise.
Much to your advantage, not all the cafes and restaurants get shut during the winter season, so indulging in your daily coffee routine won’t be a problem.
Ladakh in October is considered to be the most cost-effective time to travel as flights and hotels get cheaper. The same goes for the taxis where you get good discounts and can have an amazing round trip exploring the alluring beauty of Ladakh.
Most of the hotels get shut down by end of the October, though there are no scarcity of home-stays and traditional ladakhi houses options you can vouch for.
Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is one of the most beautiful and world’s highest saltwater lake in the world, situated at a height of almost 4,350m, while sparkling-blue in summers, its winter avatar will make you fall in love with it.
It freezes solid during winters and you can walk over the lake or skate without any problem. Also, the barren landscape surrounding it, get covered with layers of snow creating a genuine winter paradise.
If you have been to Ladakh in Summers then you know about the traffic jams hurdles. Come October and you can say good-byes to all the jams and can have a smooth ride to Kahrdung-La pass, Chang-La pass, Pangong or Tso Moriri.
For motorbikes, aficionados are the perfect time to plan a bike trip, as nothing like riding in the serene peaceful weather.
Fewer selfie-clicking tourists and no-crowd, winter is the best time for photography in Ladakh. Ethereal landscapes, blue skies and frozen lakes make it a heaven for photographers.
Also, if you can bear the cold at night then star trail time-lapse videos are dreamlike creation.
As winter sets in, the most Himalayan animals tend to come down to a lower altitude, and this makes it easier to spot them.
The most popularly known as the ghost of the mountains, snow-leopard though not that easy to spot but you can look for many other mountain faunae such as wild hares, magpies which are easy to spot.
Zanskar river, which gets frozen in the winters is most popularly known for Chadar Trek, which is one of the most glamorous treks in the world. Though the walk is simple but the trek has its own set of difficulties. So don’t miss the chance and get an experience of all thrills, while enjoying skating or taking a walk on the trek during winter time.